SCP® Procedure

The SCP® Procedure treats chronic, symptomatic, subchondral bone defects which are the primary cause of joint pain
Safe – medically proven one-off treatment
Sustained – pain reduction, improved function and quality of life
Joint preserving – minimally invasive procedure, quick recovery avoiding major surgery

What is Sub Chondroplasty treatment?

The SCP® Procedure is a minimally invasive procedure that treats and fills defects in your bone just below your joint surface also known as your subchondral bone. These defects are sometimes called Bone Marrow Lesions (BML) and can include lesions such as subchondral fractures.

These often-painful defects are in the spongy or cancellous bone that lies under your harder outer or cortical bone. It may help to imagine this spongy bone to be like the inside of a “Crunchie” bar.

The procedure is usually performed along with an arthroscopy or keyhole surgery of your knee joint. This allows your surgeon to see and treat problems inside your joint.

Your surgeon will be able to diagnose a subchondral bone defect based on your clinical history, physical examination and MRI scan.

Bone Anatomy

Peer-reviewed data demonstrate sustained pain reduction, improved function and quality of life after the SCP Procedure.

References for SCP® Procedure treatment

Gareth Stables

Cheshire Orthopaedic surgeon, Mr Gareth Stables, is a fully UK trained Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in knee surgery. Gareth has the highest qualifications possible for an orthopaedic surgeon in the UK, FRCS (T&O), and is on the GMC specialist register for Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery.

Gareth specialises in; keyhole or knee arthroscopy surgery, ligament reconstruction surgery, knee osteotomy and knee replacement surgery. He has over 15 years of experience in the field having qualified with a commendation in 1998 from the University of Liverpool Medical School.

"My life was transformed and the pain almost negligible.... Now no painkillers or stick. I cannot thank my caring consultant enough. I will be ever grateful for his wisdom"

"Brilliant treatment from start! Had arthritis in knee joint.Was given injection and the effect was immediate! Brilliant. Would recommend to anyone. One of the most helpful doctors I have ever seen(and I`m 73 !!)"

"Mr Stables was very understanding, patient and thoroughly competent. I would recommend anyone to have knee replacements by him. The whole experience was worthwhile and very good for my quality of life."